Disney Casts A Chinese Actor To Play Mulan In Live-Action Movie

There's always a lot riding on Disney's casting choices when it comes to new live-action adaptations of much-loved stories. Of course, the highly anticipated Mulan reboot is no exception to the rule – especially following a fan-launched petition calling for the role to be filled by an Asian actor. 

Well, for once we are not disappointed with the company's decision. Because after scouring all five continents and auditioning women of Chinese origin only, the movie's producers have found their new Mulan, in the shape of Chinese star Liu Yifei.

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One of the most popular actresses in China, Liu Yifei beat 1,000 other hopefuls for the role, according to the Hollywood Reporter. After spending time in New York as a child, Yifei is fluent in English and also boasts "credible martial arts skills." 

Set to be led by New Zealand director Niki Caro, the live-action version of Mulan is expected to drop at some point in 2019.

It is said to take inspiration from both the animation movie from 1998 and the original legendary warrior the film is based on, Hua Mulan, who, as the story goes, went to war in place of her father. 

Even Mulan's original voice actor Ming-Na Wen has taken to Twitter to salute the choice: